Thursday, June 1, 2017

Moving onward...

I realize it's only been a few days since my previous post, but today was so amazing! All the work and stress really paid off in a beautiful, exciting and really fun promotion program.  I was honored to be a teacher and parent today!

The day was definitely a roller coaster of emotions...mainly for this momma!

I can't believe this is the last car ride to school he'll take with me!

His sweet kinder teacher had these kids Kinder picture in the hallway.  This definitely got my tears flowing.  He's top row, right.

Ready to walk the halls, one last time!

The cafeteria looked wonderful thanks to our amazing parent volunteers.

Here they come...

 Jonas received quite a few awards...two medals for his Masters level STAAR scores.

A trophy for a perfect score...100% on the STAAR Reading test.

Finally, the Presidential Award, given for 4th and 5th grade straight A averages, one advanced score on 4th grade STAAR and both advanced scores on 5th grade STAAR.  Only 10 kids out of 100...3 of these kiddos were in my class, so I was a proud mom and teacher!

They sang the most beautiful made me cry every time they rehearsed!  But I kept it together during the ceremony today.

He had a incredible year with these two, not only great teachers and colleagues,  but wonderful friends.

Partners in crime...

Your future is so bright Jonas!  We love you!

Monday, May 29, 2017

May-hem strikes again...

I wonder to myself at what point in our lives will the month of May get easier?  This May has been no different than the last few...packed full of family and school activities.  Last year, I had a sunny attitude of "I will survive. This is almost over. The end is in sight."  This year, I'm not convinced!

The biggest change this year, is that I'm teaching 5th grade and the team leader, which puts me in charge of the 5th grade promotion ceremony.  It's like throwing a wedding...invites, rehearsals, programs, entrance music, exit music, cake reception to follow!  And don't forget I have my own 5th grader, Jonas.  I'm taking him shopping for his "outfit" for the ceremony.  Heck, I even went  to get my own "make-over".  I realized my photo was going to be taken around 50 times with students on Thursday at the ceremony!  I could really use a cut and color!  Plus the two hours in the salon chair would force me to sit down!  Luckily we had the big "reception" on Friday for the kiddos, the 5th grade dance/party.  I can't even imagine if that was all on the same day!

May also means concert season.  Between the 4 kids, we had 4 concerts, even though they played together in two of them!  Bailey had 3 of them.  It's a blessing to have musically talented kids.  I can't complain really, because sports moms have to sit outside in the elements.  Music moms get to visit beautiful auditoriums!

Let's not forget the birthdays, teacher appreciation, Mother's day and Memorial day too!

Lorelei's Paris themed party was a hit!


John's birthday was the same day as Lorelei's party.  He sacrificed celebrating his own birthday to make  his delicious crepes, for a houseful of girls!

Just as we finished up the birthdays, we started with the first concert of May.  Jonas and Lorelei were both performing in the musical showcase at Carson. Jonas played the violin with the strings program.  Yes my friends, we have another violinist in the family!

Lorelei played the recorded, sang and danced.  She was adorable!

Cheesy and proud musicians!

Mother's day was simple and sweet.  John bought me a beautiful orchid.

The kids found some of my favorite things to help me celebrate and relax.

Of course, we went to our favorite place...the pool!

Jonas had Gladiator Camp that same week.  He's not so sure he's ready for middle school, mainly because most of his friends are going to other middle schools, not Garcia.  I promised him, that like Bailey and Savannah, he will make new lifelong friends and keep the old.  They will all meet back up in high school too.

The same night as Jonas' camp, Bailey had a YOSA concert!  It was probably the coolest YOSA concert I've been to so far.  They played  The Planets by Holst and projected cool imagery to match the planet they were playing about.

This guy is starting to look like a movie star!

The following Sunday he had his final YOSA concert, YOSApalooza.  It's amazing to hear all of the YOSA groups play at once.  There are so many of them, they have to play from the seats!

The final performance was their O'Connor High School End of Year concert.  Bailey and Savannah are both in the program this year.  It was Bailey's last high school performance though.  He isn't planning to take high school orchestra next year, but he will remain in YOSA.

The 5th grade festivities began too.  First event...the 5th grade dance/luau.  It was a ton of fun.


Jonas oblige us ladies with a picture!  He wants me to be sure to mention, that this sweet young lady is officially his girlfriend!

That same afternoon, a group of Jonas' closest friends were invited by his bestie to an evening of fun! They were picked up from school in a limo and taken to Urban Bricks, Orange Leaf and Main Event. What an amazing memory for these kiddos!  Jonas' bestie Xander and his family are a true blessing.  

Speaking of love...Savannah went and got herself a cutie of a boyfriend too!  Love is in the air with this Boyen Bunch.  They had their first date this weekend to a friend's quinceanera!  

Is it just me, or do they look alike! :)'s taken me 3 days to write this post.  I feel a bit more relaxed since I first started writing. Maybe, just maybe, we just might make it through this last week of school with our sanity intact! 

Summer vacation is just 4 days away!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Family time...and lots of it!

When you have a big family, it seems inevitable that there would be lot of time together. But with full schedules, it doesn't always happen.  We've been lucky lately that there have been many activities that have lent themselves to family time.  We've have two 3 day weekends this past month which gave us just a taste of what the summer will bring! 

Lunch at our favorite Freddy's, with our favorite Nana!

This is his face every time I take a picture lately!

The weather has been quite up and down this days, warm sunny days...but many beautiful days for outdoor time and park time.

We tried out the pool too, but it was a bit too cold still!

Easter is changing a bit as the kids get older...Lorelei is still little enough to be eager to get to her Easter basket!

Egg dying on Easter morning...better late than never!

The Boyen Bunch all grown up...

 Pardon my closed was sunny!

As sunny as it was on Easter...our annual Solar Car race day was cloudy and cold!  Bummer!  The kids had fun and John is an amazing volunteer.  I couldn't sponsor Solar Cars without him.

We celebrated Fiesta at school...don't even ask why Jonas is wearing a skirt in the Carson Fiesta parade!

Fiesta gives us another day off in April!  Gotta love a city that parties so hard, it gives everyone an extra day off!  We took advantage by starting to celebrate Lorelei's birthday early and shop for Savannah's orchestra formal.

We had a very tough time finding a dress that fit and for the right price that she liked.  Although I was very hesitant to let her buy this one, my mom worked such a deal with the lady at JcPenny's, I had to let her get it! (Even if she did show a bit too much skin for my liking!) She did look stunning!

Yesterday was a real milestone around here...our baby girl hit the double digits!  Lorelei is 10!!!  She started her morning with gifts and coffee cake.

After school, we rushed home to whip up her favorite dinner of ribs!  Love how the boys photo bombed in both corners of the picture here!

John has been the chef and baker around her lately.  He slow cooked the ribs and made Lorelei this super fun rainbow birthday cake!  We love you Lala!

I took today off to help prep for a Paris themed birthday party we are throwing her on Saturday! She's so excited.  She is such a gracious girl, we a thrilled to do this for her.  John's birthday is also on Saturday and he wouldn't have it any other way...he loves sharing his day with Lorelei and her little girl friends!